Why We Need the Book of Mormon
It can be confusing to understand how the Bible and the Book of Mormon fit together, especially for children. Help them understand that the Book of Mormon doesn't replace the Bible. It isn't better than the Bible. They are both the word of God. The Book of Mormon helps to further clarify doctrine and acts as a second witness of the gospel of Christ.
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➤ L E S S O N
Open the lesson with a song and a prayer.
🎶 K A R A O K E V I D E O : "Search, Ponder, and Pray"
➤ P R E P A R A T I O N
Before the lesson place a few small objects (like a ball, toys, or crayon) into a box or bag or some other non-see-through container.
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Ask a volunteer to reach inside the container to feel the objects. Invite them to describe everything they felt. Explain that this is the “first witness.”
Now ask for a different volunteer to look inside the container and to describe what they saw. Explain that this is the “last witness.”
Now ask everyone else what they think is in the container. After a brief discussion, take the objects out of the container so everyone can see them.
After the activity, ask children the following questions:
1) How did everyone know about what was in the container? (2 witnesses)
2) Could everyone imagine what those things felt like? (Yes) How? (First witness.)
3) Could everyone imagine what those things looked like? (Yes) How? (Last witness.)
4) Do you think it’s better to have only one witness, or lots of witnesses? Why? (Discuss)